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City of Long Beach receives ‘Green Leadership’ Award

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The City of Long Beach received a Green California Summit Leadership Award in the “Sustainable Community” category at the 12th annual Green California Summit on April 9, in Sacramento.
Green Technology, a nonprofit initiative designed to inform government efforts toward sustainability, bestows the award to a city or community that has implemented outstanding sustainability projects and programs. The City was recognized for various environmental awareness and action efforts, including the “Can Your Butts” program, Certified Blue Restaurant (CBR) program and Green Fleet program.
“It is truly an honor to receive a Green California Summit’s Leadership Award,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This is a measure of our success as a sustainable city, and in our growing economy, demonstrates that it is not only possible to make investments in litter abatement, water conservation and greenhouse-gas emission reductions, but it is also the smart thing to do for our businesses, community and Long Beach’s future.”
The “Can Your Butts” program, which the Department of Public Works launched last year, tackles the issue of cigarette litter through a framework of prevention, partnerships and public education. About 65 percent of cigarettes become litter, making up over one-third of all litter found in public spaces, according to city officials. As a Long Beach Clean Team initiative, the “Can Your Butts” program works with local businesses to combat the problem. Participating businesses receive free resources, including a business-friendly designed cigarette-waste receptacle for storefronts, creating convenient access for smokers to properly dispose of cigarette waste. An educational campaign accompanied the program’s launch, which utilized social media and in-person contact to promote the “Can Your Butts” message of preventing environmental degradation.
The Long Beach Water Department’s CBR program supports and recognizes restaurants in the city that achieve exceptional water efficiency. Through an on-site survey, Long Beach Water Department staff identify opportunities for water, energy and greenhouse-gas reductions in the water-using equipment found in commercial kitchens. The goal is to integrate water-use efficiency into all aspects of the Long Beach lifestyle. More information on the program and a full list of CBRs in the city are available at
The Department of Financial Management’s Fleet Services Bureau— which operates a fleet of approximately 2,100 vehicles and provides fleet maintenance and management, fuel and towing to City departments— leads the City’s Green Fleet Program.
The City has made a concerted effort in recent years to transition to more sustainable forms of fuel to power city vehicles, according to officials. More than 40 percent of the City’s motorized fleet is now alternatively fueled, and of the City’s motorized non-safety fleet, 58 percent are alternatively fueled.
Additionally, the Fleet Services Team created an interdepartmental Battery Electric Vehicle Task Force to guide the electrification of all City sedan vehicles. Long Beach also opened a new slow-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station at the City’s Fleet headquarters in May 2017. The station can fuel 100 heavy-duty vehicles and services its 100-percent alternatively fueled refuse/sweeper fleet. The CNG, liquefied natural gas and diesel fuels are 100-percent renewable, and 50 percent of its total fuel use in 2017 was renewable. In October 2017, the Fleet Services Bureau became an accredited member of the NAFA Sustainable Fleet Association with a top-tier ranking, Tier 4. It also placed in Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine’s 2017 Top 25 Green Fleets.
The Green California Leadership Awards have been established in cooperation with the Advisory Board for the Green California Summit as a forum to recognize outstanding environmental achievements by California governments.

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City of Long Beach receives ‘Green Leadership’ Award